Get Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter
#1 Change the Spark Plug Disconnect the plug from the lead, and remove it with a wrench. If there’s damage or deposits, replace it. If not, pop it back in – secure but not too tight.
#2 Inspect the Belts Wear and tear? Cracks? If so, replace them. Tip: Snap a photo of the belts before you take them off so you’ll know exactly where they go.
#3 See if the Shear Pins are Damaged Shear pins connect the auger to the gear case. Did you know they’re meant to break? It’s a safety feature – they’ll break if the auger and gear case are overloaded. Tip: Keep several extras in the garage. You don’t want to have them break with no replacements on hand. Tip: Keep several extras in the garage. You don't want to have them break with no replacements on hand.
#4 Change the Oil Let the blower warm up to make the oil flow easier. Then turn it off, pull the drain plug and drain the oil into a container. Pop the plug back in and fill the machine up with oil.
#5 Use Fresh Gas with Stabilizer Fill ‘er up with fresh gas (you did remember to empty it last season, right?) and make sure to include fuel stabilizer. It’ll keep the gas fresh longer and help prevent clogs.
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